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Rwanda issues the 1st ICGLR mineral export certificate to boost mining sector

Rwanda issues the 1st ICGLR mineral export certificate to boost mining sector

Kigali- 5 November 2013

Today, the Ministry of Natural Resources (MINIRENA) issued the first International Conference of the Great Lakes Region (ICGLR) Mineral Export Certificate in Rwanda. This was done at the shipment of Rutongo Mines ltd located in Rulindo District.

Speaking on the event, the State Minister in charge of Mining, Evode Imena, said that it is Rwanda’s national goal to develop an industry that is modern, efficient and responsive to global mineral markets.

“Rwanda participated in the designing of the ICGLR Regional Mineral Certification Mechanism and integrated it into its legal framework in April 2012. We have put in place all requirement expected of member states, to implement the ICGLR Regional Certification Mechanism,” said Minister Imena.

He also added that analytical finger printing (AFP) database from about 300 mine sites is now available and will be used by the Independent Mineral Chain Auditor when the procedure becomes operational.

The ICGLR mineral tracking and certification scheme was established to find a solution to the problem of illicit trade in Tungsten, Tin, Tantalum and Gold. This process was developed in consultation with concerned stakeholders that include member states, regional producers, traders and exporters , regional civil society, international industry and international civil society.

The purpose of ICGLR mineral tracking and certification scheme is to provide for sustainable conflict- free mineral chains in and between member states of the international conference on the great lakes.

It will also promote the mineral sector by establishing common regional standards for transparency working conditions, environmental performance and community consultation.

A certificate accompanies each exported shipment of designated minerals that has been certified. The ICGLR certificate serves as the assurance to purchasers that a mineral shipment is conflict free and meets all other ICGLR standards.

Member states must examine each export of designated material including all the supporting documentation concerning chain of custody and mine of origin before issuing a certificate.

In Rwanda mining sector includes 548 mine sites with cassiterite (tin ore), wolframite (tungsten ore) and coltan (tantalum ore) the most important minerals mined and traded in Rwanda.

More information on progress in Rwanda’s mining sector will be presented during the 6th ICGLR-OECD-UN Group of Experts on Due Diligence meeting scheduled on 13-15 November 2013.

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